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Medications for improving empathy + feelings of kindness /friendliness

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#1 AlexCanada

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 01:51 PM


What kind of medications or substances may help? Pregnenolone has some benefits but it's very inconsistent and the gaba antagonism may not be good for my benzo withdrawal. The effects are still very profound though and there is a much greater general appreciation and sense of kindness/fondness for others when effects are peaking.

 

What else might be of benefit?  Gabapentin in the short term has some benefits but they do not last. 

 

I am also looking for pro-social medications.  I am seeing my doctor tomorrow and hope I can have some decent suggestions. I am very anti-social most of the time and do not want to interact with others. I have lot of anhedonia, low emotions usually, lot of apathy and very poor motivation + cognitive problems with dense brain fog. Also some general anxiety issues. Too often I am very irritable, negative, and cold. When I was healthier I was very much the opposite.

 

I been considering atomoxetine, mementine, Levomilnacipran /Fetzima for my anhedonic depression as my next options. Any insights for these and others? 

 

Also how difficult is it for a doctor to prescribe estrogen to a male? My levels are very low and it also correlates with mood + various other symptoms including collagen loss in my face. I look very unhealthy. 

 

 

BTW:  Are mood stablizers like Lamictal viable options? It was a long time go but Lamictal made me feel more pleasant, but unfortunately I felt very stupid on it.  What alternatives to Lamictal may be viable


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#2 AlexCanada

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 02:44 PM

Can a mod move this to the Brain Health forum?        

 

 

edit:   Actually I will post this there so please delete this.


Edited by AlexCanada, 24 May 2015 - 02:45 PM.


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#3 k4ir0s

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 04:45 AM

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 09:34 PM

Just get your doc to prescribe testosterone which will result in you having more estrogen in your body too because testosterone converts to estrogen. You could always just tell him that obviously you don't want to be prescribed estrogen but you want to increase your estrogen levels because they are unusual for a male.







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